Edmonton Sun | 03Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

Naturally curious

Having read Mindelle Jacob’s disputatious column “Perpetual bad guys,” Edmonton Sun, June 2, 2010, I notice she equates “Israel bashers” with “anti-Semites.” Recently, South Africa disclosed how in 1975 Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to its apartheid regime; that is, the Jewish state was willing to arm a racist and white supremacist regime with the most lethal arsenal of all and help make it militarily invincible. Did such disclosure of damning documents constitute Israel-bashing by present-day South African authorities? Was their display of openness tantamount to anti-Semitism, given how bad it made Israel look? I’m naturally curious.

Orest Slepokura

(Depends on the individual, as with most faith and politics.)

Edmonton Sun | 10Jun2010 | Mike Fegelman

Claims baseless

Orest Slepokura's claims [Edmonton Sun, 03Jun2010] that Israel intended to sell nuclear warheads to apartheid South Africa in the '70s are baseless. Israel's current president, Shimon Peres, (who was defence minister at the time) vehemently denied these allegations that were first printed in the Guardian, a U.K. newspaper that constantly proves its disdain towards Israel. Peres's office described the alleged evidence as "completely fabricated." Finally, with respect to issues surrounding Israel's nuclear ambiguity policy, Israel has never tested, used or threatened the use of nuclear weapons, has called for the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and has stated that it will not be the first state to introduce nuclear weapons into the region.

Mike Fegelman
HonestReporting Canada

(Now, what to do about Iran?)